Category Archives: Film Festivals

Austin Film Festival Adds “The Edge of Seventeen” & “Bleed For This” to Lineup

THE EDGE OF SEVENTEENThe 23rd annual Austin Film Festival and Screenwriters Conference has made two new additions to its impressive film slate. For the fest’s centerpiece film, they have selected STX’s coming-of-age dramedy The Edge of Seventeen starring Hailee Steinfeld and Woody Harrelson while the closing night film will be Open Road’s boxing biopic Bleed For This starring Miles Teller.

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TIFF — “La La Land” Takes Home Audience Prize, Plus More Winners from the Festival

LLL d 29 _5194.NEFLa La Land, Free Fire, and I Am Not Your Negro took home the People’s Choice Awards at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

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TIFF — Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Eleanor Coppola Comedy “Paris Can Wait”

paris-can-wait-excerptThe last time Eleanor Coppola sat in the director’s chair for a feature-length film was in 1991 for the documentary Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse. Fast forward 25 years later and she has finally made her narrative feature directorial debut with the comedy Paris Can Wait and Sony Pictures Classics has managed to land the North American rights to the pic.

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TIFF – Netflix Snags “Tramps” and Obama Feature “Barry”

Adam LeonOnline network Netflix continued its shopping spree over the weekend as it picked up romantic-heist feature Tramps. The film from writer-director Adam Leon had several interested parties including A24, Sony Pictures Classics, and The Orchard.

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The Top 7 Films From the Toronto International Film Festival

tiff-excerptAs the Toronto International International Film Festival comes to a close and the last film gets screened for the exhausted festival goer, I have compiled a list of some of my favorite films. Out of the 296 films at the festival, I managed to see 22 of them – just a dent in the grand scheme of things, but impressive enough given the five days I was there.

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TIFF — Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren Film “The Leisure Seeker” Gets U.S. Rights with Sony Pictures Classics

Donald Sutherland Helen Mirren ExcerptWith only a few days left of the Toronto International Film Festival, yet another deal is close to being sealed. The Leisure Seeker, an upcoming road trip film from Italian director Paolo Virzì, starring Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren, is finalizing a deal for U.S. rights with Sony Pictures Classics. Brokered by CAA and Bac Films, the deal is in the mid-seven figure range.

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TIFF — Actors Eva Green and Emmanuelle Seigner Join New Roman Polanski Film

Eva Green Emmanuelle Seigner ExcerptMore news is rolling out of Toronto International Film Festival, with Eva Green and Emmanuelle Seigner set to star in the new film from Roman Polanski, Based on a True Story. The psychological thriller, which will start filming in Paris this November, will be sold by Lionsgate and Mars Distribution.

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TIFF – Dystopian Romance “The Bad Batch” Picked Up by Screen Media

Images by Che Rosales / LARAWANU.S. rights to Ana Lily Amirpour’s The Bad Batch have landed at Screen Media Films. The film previously won the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival and starts Suki Waterhouse, Jason Momoa, Giovannie Ribisi, and Yolanda Ross.

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TIFF – James Baldwin Documentary Lands at Magnolia

James BaldwinThe North American rights to the documentary I Am Not Your Negro have landed at Magnolia Pictures. The film follows James Baldwin’s unfinished novel Remember This House.

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TIFF – David Oyelowo Drama “A United Kingdom” Bought by Fox Searchlight

united kingdomAs the Toronto market starts to heat up in the festival’s final days, Fox Searchlight in closing a deal to buy the North American distribution rights to A United Kingdom, director Amma Asante’s romantic drama starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike.

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TIFF – Roadside Attractions Snags “Lady Macbeth”

Lady MacBeth ExcerptThe sales are starting to pick up at the Toronto International Film Festival as Roadside Attraction acquires Lady Macbeth. The indie is an adaptation of the 1865 novella Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk.

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TIFF – Showtime and IFC Jump In The Ring with “The Bleeder”

Untitled design (1)Showtime and IFC have partnered to acquire the rights to The Bleeder, a boxing drama starring Liev Schreiber. Philippe Falardeau directed from a script which comes from Michael Cristofer, Jerry Stahl, and Jeff Feuerzeig.

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TIFF — Netflix Nearing Exclusive Deal for Chadwick Boseman Film “Message from the King”

Message from the King ExcerptOne of the latest deals out of TIFF is for Message from the King, an upcoming film starring Captain America: Civil War’s Chadwick Boseman. Reports say that Netflix is close to securing an exclusive deal for the film in the mid-seven-figure range.

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Austin Film Festival Announces Full Schedule of Films & Panels

austin-film-fest-excerptThe Austin Film Festival has announced their slate of films and panels for the 23rd annual fest which takes place from October 13-20. The event includes screenings of festival favorites Lion, Nerdland, Trespass Against Us as well as the buzzworthy movie musical La La Land.

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TIFF — “Colossal” Buyer Revealed to Be Tom Quinn and Tim League

Colossal ExcerptThe mystery behind the Colossal buyer out of the Toronto International Film Festival has been solved. According to reports, Tom Quinn of Radius and Tim League, the owner of Alamo Drafthouse, have secured the distribution rights for the movie.

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TIFF – EuropaCorp Lands World War II Dramedy “Their Finest” In Competitive Situation

their-finest-excerptIn one of the few deals to come out of what has been a cool market in Toronto so far, EuropaCorp has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Their Finest, a World War II dramedy starring Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Richard E. Grant, and Gemma Arterton.

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14 Film Reviews From TIFF 2016

la-la-land-excerptThe Toronto International Film Festival kicked off on September 8 and our resident film reviewer Dino-Ray Ramos hit the ground running, catching over a dozen screenings of some of this year’s most talked aboot titles at TIFF.

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TIFF — Undisclosed Chinese Buyer Picks Up Rights to “Colossal” with Anne Hathaway

Colossal ExcerptThe upcoming monster movie starring Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis, Colossal, has been acquired for North American distribution by a mysterious Chinese buyer at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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TIFF – Netflix Picks Up Noomi Rapace Thriller “What Happened to Monday?”

Noomi Rapace ExcerptSci-fi thriller What Happened to Monday? is in final negotiations to land at Netflix. The project, which will close in the mid-seven figures, stars Noomi Rapace, Willem Dafoe, and Glenn Close.

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TIFF — Natalie Portman is Phenomenal in Pablo Larrain’s Finely Crafted Biopic “Jackie”

jackie-excerptThe Academy Award-winning actress is set for a wave of nominations with this astonishingly nuanced portrayal of the former First Lady. There have been many “Jackies” in TV and film, but none like Natalie Portman’s.

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TIFF — Awards Bait Musical “La La Land” Is An Enchanting Instant Classic

LLL d 29 _5194.NEFDamien Chazelle’s movie musical La La Land balances levity and humor with auteur-grade filmmaking for an incredibly enchanting movie-going experience that will put a twinkle in your eye and a spring in your step.

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TIFF — Oscar Race Begins as Fox Searchlight Nabs “Jackie” Biopic

jackie-excerptA major deal has been brokered at the ongoing Toronto International Film Festival, with Fox Searchlight picking up the U.S. distribution rights to Jackie starring Natalie Portman.

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The Complete List of Winners from the 2016 Venice Film Festival

Emma Stone ExcerptThe Venice Film Festival recently concluded on Saturday and some of the best-reviewed films of the festival went home with big prizes, including Tom Ford’s second directorial outing with Nocturnal Animals and Damien Chazelle’s La La Land.

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TIFF – Andrew Garfield Drama “Breathe” From Andy Serkis Acquired By Bleecker Street and Participant Media

andrew excerptBleecker Street and Participant Media have jointly acquired North American rights to Breathe, a drama directed by Andy Serkis and starring Andrew Garfield as Robin Cavendish, who became one of the longest-living polio survivors in Great Britain after being struck with the disease at the age of 28.

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TIFF — “The Belko Experiment” Is Violent Kill Or Be Killed Mayhem At Its Best

belko-experiment-excerptHelmed by Wolf Creek director Greg McLean and written by Guardians of the Galaxy maestro James Gunn, the blood spattering thriller is a sick, twisted, and ridiculous joyride of murderous insanity.

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TIFF — “A Monster Calls” Will Connect With Many, Leave Others Wanting More

09395-joseharo.NEFIn the J.A. Bayona-directed A Monster Calls, there’s a little boy and a gigantic talking tree, so it must be a Spielbergian good time, right? Well, not really. The word “monster” in the title may be misleading as this film isn’t as fantastical as one might think.

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TIFF — Stunning Drama “Moonlight” Shines Light On The Journey Of A Gay Black Man

20151023_Moonlight_D08_C2_K2_0537.tifThe film festival hit transcends the typical gay narrative with a rich and poignant story that takes us on a gay black man’s journey of self-discovery, pain, as well as what it means to give and receive love.

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TIFF – “The Belko Experiment” From Writer James Gunn Acquired By Orion and BH Tilt

belko exOrion and BH Tilt have acquired The Belko Experiment, a high-concept thriller written by Guardians of the Galaxy’s James Gunn and directed by Wolf Creek helmer Greg McLean.

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TIFF — “Lion” Roars With Emotion, Gives More Reason For Inspiring Films About People Of Color

lion-excerptFrom the trailer alone, Lion, a story about a man searching for his family after being tragically separated from them for 25 years, is poised to be a tearjerker. After attending the World Premiere at TIFF, I can guarantee that it is not only a tearjerker, but a film that will bring out everyone’s ugliest cry.

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TIFF — Amy Adams Commands Compelling Sci-Fi Drama “Arrival”

Amy Adams (right) as Louise Banks in ARRIVAL by Paramount PicturesThe Oscar-nominated actor owns Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival, a finely executed and surprisingly stirring sci-fi pic that takes the typical alien invasion film in a refreshingly different direction.

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